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Anderson Cooper

'The Fact Is, I'm Gay'

7/2/2012 8:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Anderson Cooper ... The fact is, I am gay.
Anderson Cooper has revealed ... he's gay and he's proud.

Cooper made the announcement in a letter to Andrew Sullivan, who was doing a story for TheDailyBeast.com about the social impact of famous people who come out as gay.

Sullivan reached out to Cooper for his thoughts, to which Anderson replied with a letter.

"There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand," Cooper wrote.

"The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud."

"I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues. In a perfect world, I don't think it's anyone else's business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted. I’m not an activist, but I am a human being and I don't give that up by being a journalist."

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jim     

well there go s the rateing maybe he can get his old job back

841 days ago
152.

Ken C.    

He is so hot.

841 days ago
153.

Sashatree    

ANDERSON -- YOU ARE WONDERFUL!! THANKS FOR BEING YOURSELF AND OFFERING THE WORLD YET ANOTHER POSITIVE ROLE MODEL!!

841 days ago
154.

Devon    

A duck quacked.

841 days ago
155.

Devon    

A duck quacked.

841 days ago
156.

Werewindle    

Who didn't know this already?

841 days ago
157.

chooprom    

When is HARVEY LEVIN going to share about his being gay?

841 days ago
158.

TheMarshmallowMan    

I actually met Cooper once when vacationing in New York CIty, a bunch of us were waiting in line for ice cream and when we said hi and we were fans he bought us all ice cream and chatted with us, really down to earth guy.

841 days ago
159.

gwen01    

still love this guy and I don't care what he is. He is a humanitarian and for those who have negative comments; I maintain that it is for god to judge not us!!!

841 days ago
160.

polly    

This was always known. He just hasn't come out and said it. And why should he have to?

841 days ago
161.

Melinda    

A lot of naive women just started crying hysterically. I thought this was common knowledge?

841 days ago
162.

jetfanglo    

who cares ? ! ?.....................so.....................LUV him !!!!!!

841 days ago
163.

Sam Sunshine     

Harvey add one more to your buddy list.

841 days ago
164.

JDUB    

I've known forever, but I'm glad he said it.

841 days ago
165.

Tek    

In other news, the Pope is Catholic.

841 days ago
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